ENID, Okla. — An Enid attorney is requesting to have a local woman at the center of a missing persons case declared legally deceased in a presumed homicide, according to the Enid Police Department.
Shannon Baldwin Hokanson was reported missing Aug. 7, 2012, after family members had not seen her for several months. Despite police investigations into the disappearance, Hokanson is yet to be found and is believed to have been murdered.
"Over the years we have received a number of tips, interviewed a variety of potential witnesses, cleared persons of interest, and searched homes and fields," Enid Police Department said in a release Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, adding Hokanson likely is a "victim of homicide."
The department went on to say it has "identified individuals involved in Shannon's potential death," but it cannot release any specific details at this time.
Hokanson, a mother of three, was 29 years old when she disappeared and would be celebrating her 37th birthday this month.
The attorney petitioning Garfield County District Court to declare Hokanson deceased is doing so to assist her children with death benefits, according to EPD.
The missing person flier lists Hokanson as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes and multiple tattoos.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding Hokanson's disappearance to come forward. To deliver a tip, call (580) 242-7000 or report it to Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233 or enid.org/CrimeStoppers or by texting 274637 and entering ENID as the keyword.
Information can be given anonymously and may be worth a reward of up to $1,000. In addition to anonymity, those offering information will not be required to testify.